04/17/14 12:30pm
USPTO Green Fair at US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria Virginia

Image via Gil Swift

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting its annual Green Fair today in the South Madison Auditorium. The fair is normally held the third week of April to coincide with Earth Day.

The fair showcases ways employees and their families can encourage energy conservation in the workplace and at home. The fair focuses on the many green practices and standards that the USPTO has adopted at its Alexandria campus, which includes implementing efficient energy conservation measures; recycling paper, glass, and cans; teleworking; using public transportation; and reducing food waste through packaging.

As a highlight, the fair has two Tesla vehicles and a Chevy Volt on display (see above).

04/17/14 11:43am

Archaeology parading at the annual GW Birthday parade in Old town Alexandria, Virginia

Archaeology Award Honors Legacy of Late Alexandria Preservationist

The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is now accepting nominations for the Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The AAC established this award to celebrate the contributions of the late Ben Brenman, who devoted himself to finding, preserving and sharing Alexandria’s rich and diverse heritage. Brenman was a founding member of the AAC, a City of Alexandria commission, which was the first of its kind established in the U.S., and served as its chair for 21 years.

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04/17/14 10:00am

Hooffs Run Park basketball court in Alexandria Virginia

The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is renovating the basketball court at Stevenson Park; the basketball court at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park; the tennis court at Hooffs Run Park and Greenway; and the multi-use court at Mount Jefferson Park. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime.

  • Stevenson Park, 300 Stultz Rd.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 21 and May 21
  • Mount Jefferson Park, 301 Hume Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced and recolored. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between April 28 and May 28
  • Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Ave.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and new goals will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12
  • Hooffs Run Park and Greenway, 28A E. Linden St.
    • Planned Work: the court will be resurfaced, recolored, and fencing will be installed. Please note that the new asphalt must cure for two weeks after installation before new lines and color can be applied.
    • Date of Work: scheduled to take place between May 12 and June 12

Signs will be posted onsite with construction information. For your safety, please use extra caution when moving around the site.

For more information or if you have questions about the work, contact Ty Specht, Construction Manager, at 202.266.3426.

For additional information on City park improvement activities, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

04/17/14 9:45am

North Old Town Alexandria Virginia

UPDATED (11:15 AM): The post title originally said the 1960s. A reader noted that the turret style building on the corner of Washington Street and Powhatan Street (at the start of the fork you see in the picture) was not there as early as 1972. I re-checked the photo array and have updated the post based on his comments.

Vincent wrote:

that corner section with the steeple was not there in 68 69 or 1972 when i left alexandria and went in the Navy . . .

UPDATED (1:45 PM): The post title originally said the 1960s then was changed to the 70s. I have changed the post title again as another reader astutely noted the AFBA building located center right in the photo didn’t come online until the late 80s. Before posting another aerial shot, will research the area of the photo a little more rather than trusting the source.

Agnes wrote:

The AFBA building at right center was not built until late 80s early 1990s

Via the Library of Congress, here’s an aerial view of the northern end of Old Town Alexandria. Virginia taken during a historic American landscape survey of the area that started in the late 1960s.

What looks the same to you now? What is in the area now that is not in the photo below? Discuss in the comments below.